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Hep C and Substance Abuse May Exacerbate Brain Declines in People With HIV

A major mitigating factor may be treating HIV with antiretrovirals.

17 August 2018
Physicians Should Look Out for Neurosyphilis in Gay Men With HIV

This is according to a new paper detailing a case study of a man whose long-term syphilis infection affected his brain.

13 July 2018
HIV Patients on Opioid Therapy Often Aren't Monitored for Addiction

Opioids have become a common treatment for people living with HIV who also deal with chronic pain. However, new research suggests those patients aren’t receiving robust monitoring to prevent opioid misuse, despite evidence that most are open to it.

02 July 2018
MD Magazine
Closer Monitoring Recommended for Older Patients Treated With Dolutegravir for HIV

The maximum concentration of the integrase inhibitor dolutegravir (DTG) was significantly higher in people living with HIV who are more than 60 years old compared with younger individuals, according to new findings published in Clinical Infectious Diseases.There have been recent concerns about DTG-related neuropsychiatric toxicity, especially among older patients with HIV.

11 June 2018
Infectious Disease Advisor
Children born with HIV on treatment experience next-to-no developmental set-backs at the age of 5

New data on the impact of different treatment strategies on the neuro-development of young children living with HIV has been released, showing normal development in all areas apart from visual perception.

25 May 2018
Early HIV treatment key to avoiding brain atrophy

A new study underscores the neurological consequences of exposure to HIV without antiretroviral therapy. The researchers found that the longer the duration of untreated infection, the greater the volume loss and cortical thinning in several brain regions.

04 May 2018
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Study Suggests That Understanding Chronic Pain Can Help Patients Manage It Better

Often, we think that medication or surgery is the only answer for chronic pain, but a new study out of the University of Alabama (not restricted to HIV-positive people) shows how some basic pain education or cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) techniques may help patients get a grip on pain, if not alleviate it entirely.

22 March 2018
The Body Pro
HIV and Neurocognitive Disorders: Looking for Drugs that Decrease Inflammation

HAND appears to manifest pursuant to persistent central nervous system inflammation, anomalous macrophage activation, and increased oxidative stress. Researchers are interested in finding therapies that are neuroprotective and have screened thousands of compounds that are commercially available. Two compounds/classes—fluconazole and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors—seem to protect hippocampal neurons.

13 March 2018
Pharmacy Times
Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study.

07 February 2018
Michigan State University
HIV does not increase aging-related brain changes in patients on ART

Researchers said they found no evidence that HIV accelerates aging-related brain changes over a 2-year period in middle-aged patients on successful ART.

16 January 2018
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap

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